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Gerri Detweiler

Director of Consumer Education, Credit.com |  In Personal Finance, Managing Debt

Gerri Detweiler is Credit.com’s Director of Consumer Education. She focuses on helping people understand their credit and debt, and writes about those issues, as well as financial legislation, budgeting, debt recovery and savings strategies. She is also the co-author of Debt Collection Answers: How to Use Debt Collection Laws to Protect Your Rights, and Reduce Stress: Real-Life Solutions for Solving Your Credit Crisis as well as host of TalkCreditRadio.com.

Will Student Loan Forgiveness Hurt My Credit?

Students

Will Student Loan Forgiveness Hurt My Credit?

Will Student Loan Forgiveness Hurt My Credit?

Last month, we heard from a reader who has been approved for student loan forgiveness but fears accepting it would damage the good credit he has worked hard to attain. He had tried to get answers but felt frustrated that he couldn’t seem to find out exactly how student loan forgiveness would be reported to… Read More

7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills

Managing Debt

7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills

7 Tips for Negotiating Medical Bills

Can you imagine buying a car a piece at a time — and trying to figure out what the total cost is? One person sells you the tires, another a steering wheel — oh, and a specialist will give you a transmission. And you need an engine? The cost will depend on which network you’re… Read More

12 Tips to Stop Wasting Money on Food

Personal Finance

12 Tips to Stop Wasting Money on Food

12 Tips to Stop Wasting Money on Food

Many of us might as well be grinding up dollar bills in our garbage disposals or tossing change in the trash, considering all the money we waste by not eating all the food we buy. Food waste translates into an estimated $1,350 to $2,275 in annual losses for a family of four, says the National… Read More

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

Identity Theft

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

A Doomsday Prepper’s Guide to Personal Finance

For Richard Duarte, surviving the end-of-the-world-as-you-know-it isn’t just a possibility; he’s lived it. In 1992, he and his family fled their home in South Florida with only the clothes on their back, after Hurricane Andrew swept through and destroyed their house. Half an hour after the storm passed, and long before rescue or cleanup teams… Read More

How to Consolidate Private Student Loan Debt

Students

How to Consolidate Private Student Loan Debt

How to Consolidate Private Student Loan Debt

Judging from the comments we’ve been getting from Credit.com readers lately, borrowers with private student loan debt want to consolidate their loans, but don’t know how.  “I have private student loans, are you able to help me find a way to consolidate to get a lower interest rate?” asks Janice. “I see all these programs… Read More

When Do You Need to Make a Will?

Personal Finance

When Do You Need to Make a Will?

When Do You Need to Make a Will?

If there is one thing we need to get done before we die, it’s making a will, but you probably won’t find it on anyone’s bucket list. A lot of us never get around to it. In fact, more than half of Americans between 55 and 64 (presumably at or close to retirement) are without wills, according to a survey by… Read More

A Guide to Shopping for a Mortgage Online

Mortgages

A Guide to Shopping for a Mortgage Online

A Guide to Shopping for a Mortgage Online

Ron Milman of Alpharetta, Ga., refinanced his mortgage in early 2015. He says he saved money, closed quickly, and except for one quick trip to a local bank to meet a local attorney to finalize paperwork, he never left his home office. Working strictly online and by phone, he says getting his mortgage online was… Read More

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